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What does a tiger look like?

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Most tigers have reddish-orange coloring with black stripes. Tigers are considered to be the largest cats in the world, weighing around 660 pounds and extending 11 feet in length. Their tails are usually 3 feet long.

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Different subspecies of tigers have varying coats. For instance, Sumatran tigers have the darkest fur, and Bengal tigers are sometimes born with white coats. The color of the stripes also depends on the subspecies. Tigers use their coats as camouflage, and no two tigers ever have the same set of stripes. The Siberian tiger is the largest subspecies, and Sumatran tigers are the smallest, with males weighing 260 pounds and females weighing 200 pounds.

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